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Post #808419 by MadDogMike on Thu, Mar 16, 2023 8:48 PM

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hang10tiki I have a plan! TIKIGIKI I ran with your idea

I got a block of grey polymer clay for $2.50 (Hobby Lobby or Michael's) and a pint pub glass for $1.50 at Walmart. Using 2 thick bamboo skewers as a guide I rolled out half of the clay on a piece of parchment paper. I cut it into a random lava shape and textured it with a lava rock.

I rolled up both ends of a kitchen towel, put it on a baking sheet. This keeps the glass from rolling around and pressed the clay piece onto the glass and put it into a 275° oven for 15 minutes.

I rolled, cut, and textured another she. I made some block letters from more clay and baked them. Then used the letters to stamp PELE into the clay. Into the oven it went too. I used the scrap clay to make 2 more smaller pieces and baked them too.

After all 4 pieces were baked and cooled, I glued them to the glass with clear E600 glue. I taped them for several hours to let the glue dry.

Next step was to brush the clay pieces with black paint to highlight the texturing. I used an acrylic enamel that will eventually dry very hard and permanent. I brushed the black on then used a damp paper towel to take most of it off. I wanted to add some color to the letters so I used red and yellow to give a molten lava look.

Add a drink and a red LED ice cube, maybe a little dry ice, and you're good to go.